Facial peels are a common treatment used to remove the outer layer of skin. The most common rejuvenating treatments are laser peels and an alpha hydroxy acid peel. After a MedSpa chemical or laser treatment, your skin can experiences dryness and flaking skin post-peel or laser. Knowing how to treat this common symptom is something your provider will go over with you post-treatment.
The following are tips for looking good while your skin is healing, post-peel or laser. Always consult with your MedSpa professional or dermatologist for recommendations. You can look good and feel great post-peel or laser.
What to Expect from a Peel
A chemical peel is a facial procedure using a solution to remove the top surface layer of the skin. The solution can be applied to the skin in various forms, including liquid, cream, or lotion. Chemical peels improve the appearance of aging skin and reduce acne, hyperpigmentation, and evening-out fine lines. While a facial chemical or laser peel takes only minutes, the healing can take a bit longer. Typically, you can expect the healing process to take up to seven to fourteen days with visible side effects.
How to Manage Dryness and Flaking Skin Post-Peel or Laser Treatment
A side effect after receiving a chemical peel or laser treatment is dry, tight, and flaking skin. This is because the treatment removes the skin and natural oils. To prevent this flaking and dryness, follow these tips:
- Use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol if possible.
- Apply petroleum jelly to your lips and around the eyes at night to prevent chapping.
What are the Best Aftercare Products for My Skin Type?
First and foremost, it’s essential to take care of your skin. Most especially important after a chemical or laser peel. Depending on the type of peel you receive, there are different beneficial products.
The most important thing is to moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated. This will help your skin recover and regain its original state quickly. In addition, always use a moisturizer after a peel or laser treatment. Use a moisturizer that is specific to your skin type.
Further, the best aftercare products for peels will have ingredients such as:
- Aloe vera
- Shea butter
- Jojoba oil
As well as other natural oils that will help heal the skin and prevent peeling.
When cleansing, avoid hot water, scrubbing your face, or drying it roughly. Opt for fresh washcloths and towels while the skin is in recovery at each washing. Over the next several days the dryness and flaking will begin to subside.
Seek out antimicrobial towels, washcloths, and pillowcases. Damp, used towels, and washcloths can hold unseen bacteria that exacerbate inflammation on the skin.
Get The Best Out of Your Facial Chemical Peel by Following These Tips
The skin can often become dry, and the peel can cause burns, blisters, or redness. Get the most out of your chemical peel is by following these tips. Avoid using any products that contain
- Alpha hydroxy acids
- Benzoyl peroxide
Discontinue the use of these products until after the healing process of your peel. Dryness is a common side effect of laser or peel treatments. Flaky skin is caused by removing the top layer of skin. This layer is responsible for keeping moisture in your skin.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent and manage dryness after a laser or peel treatment:
- Apply moisturizer to your skin every day
- Avoid using harsh soaps on your face
- Drink plenty of water
According to Allure Magazine, reverse the effects of dryness by using a gentle cleanser. A moisturizer that does not contain fragrance, alcohol, or irritants is the best choice.
During this healing post chemical peel period, you will want to use a gentle cleanser. Use it morning and evening to increase your chances for a full and safe recovery. Cetaphil is a good choice, along with a gentle moisturizer such as Aquaphor.
Book Your Chemical Peel or Laser Treatment Today
If you are suffering from acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, or textured skin, try booking a chemical peel with Glamor Medical in Boca Raton, Florida. At Glamor Medical, we take pride in delivering each client top-of-the-line services with the best products and machines on the market. Book a consultation today to find the best treatment options for your skin type.